On the display unit for Bobbi Brown's Party Time Collection for Holiday 2011, there are some very snazzy eye shadows. The metallic eye shadow quads captured my attention immediately. Less eye catching at first glance were the Dual Ended Eye Liner pencils ($24). They were just pencils, right? Once I experimented, I found they were no less enticing than the rest of the collection. Three color duos offer a jazzy way to enhance our eyes in black with silver, black with gold, and Chocolate/Bronze (my choice).
Chocolate/Bronze offers two fabulous shades in one pencil. On one end, there's a medium-intensity brown. On the other, there's a stunning bronze that shines with a touch of gold.
You won't see that dazzle of this liner in any of my photos of the pencils themselves. There's one above, but the shadow on the right almost obliterates the bronze color on the right. You can see the chocolate pretty well on the left side of the pencil. To use that old saying, "It's what's inside that counts." So, let's get to swatch photos.
Because I - like most of you, I'm sure - have countless black eye liner pencils, I focused right away on the brown shades. These two are gorgeous. I hope you can see that Chocolate is just that, a dark milk chocolate that definitely looks brown (as opposed to some brown liners that are almost black). This is a great color for many women who instinctively reach for black, but want (or need) a subtle change.
The Bronze shade is a beautiful shimmering brown-bronze. Not as gold as some bronze-toned makeup, but certainly with golden shine, Bronze draws attention to the eyes. It's perfect for your party look for the holidays. Naturally, the two shades can be blended to create a third.
This pencil is ultra-creamy. You'll want to dot or dash it into a line above (or below) your lashes. That actually makes it easy to use (it applies smoothly and easily), but it's so creamy that the testers had been worn to nubs in a short time on display. Fortunately and conveniently, there is a sharpener included in the box. You'll need it if you like your new Dual Ended Eye Liner as much as I like mine. Remember to turn the sharpener, not the liner, when you sharpen it.
I purchased mine at Neiman Marcus. I'm sure it will be available soon at all Bobbi Brown counters and on Bobbi Brown's Web site. Want to stick with black? You have two options - one with silver and one with gold. Bobbi Brown has you covered for the holidays.
Photos by Best Things in Beauty